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1968 Elston Howard's Bat Weight Hits Market
1968 Elston Howard's Bat Weight Hits Market


  Elston Howard's On - Deck Bat Weight
 
Elston Howard's On - Deck Bat Weight
Elston Howard's On - Deck Bat Weightr
Item Details
  • CIRCA - 1968-1977
  • MANUFACTURER - On Deck inc.
  • SIZE -  7" (top hang card to bottom)
    Box - 3 5/8" x  3 5/8" x 1 1/4
  • PRICE GUIDE - $15.00-$25.00
    Excellent - Near Mint condition

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NOTES:
 
    The Bat weight, AKA "doughnut" was created by the New York Yankees catcher Elston Howard. A number of teams invested in Howard's bat weight, to essentially get players out of the habit of swinging multiple bats to warm up. Howard; who brought the idea to Co-inventor, and New Jersey investors, Frank G, Hamilton, and Vincent H Salvucci, did not make the amount of money that they had envisioned. Other companies made their own versions of the bat weight. Howard and his supporters did not have the funds to take the companies to court. The Elston Howard's On-Deck Bat Weight was patented in 1967, and approved in 1970.

  The patent was for a training device in the form of a weight and adapted to be used with a baseball bat, to improve the batting ability of the batter. The bat weight was to improve muscular coordination and strength. Listed uses include: Develops strong wrists, forearms, loosens shoulders, speeds up bat swing, giving the batter more time to judge a pitch. The weight fits over the bat being used in the game, without damage, and can be "removed by Simply stamping handle on ground."

 The hang card for box pictures Elston Howard using the weight, taking a bat swing "in a horizontal motion" as directed on the back. "Elston Howard's On-Deck Bat Weight" model no. 06102 pictured above was recommended "for ages 12 year or over" and "Slips On Your Own Bat" The model no. 06101, pictured below with the red white & blue box, is for little league players for ages up to 12 Years. It was distributed by General Sportscraft co. In 1972 the On-Deck Baseball Starter set was marketed which included an "Official On-Deck Youth League Baseball," a Louisville Slugger little League bat, and Elston Howard's On-Deck Bat weight. 
 
 
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